Friday, April 28, 2006
Mench one away from tying home run record
CLEVELAND -- Kevin Mench of the Texas Rangers homered in his
seventh straight game Friday night, moving within one game of the
major league record.
Mench led off the eighth inning against Cleveland's Guillermo
Mota by hitting an 0-2 pitch just over the left-field wall for his
seventh homer of the season to pull the Rangers within 6-5.
Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. share the major
league record with homers in eight straight games.
Mench became the first right-handed batter to homer in seven
straight games, joining Jim Thome, Mattingly, Long and Griffey.
Nineteen players have homered in six straight, with Houston's
Morgan Ensberg of Houston also doing it this season.